It’s an appropriate time to revisit and pay homage to last year’s blockbuster trade that sent National League MVP Christian Yelich to Milwaukee from Miami, in exchange for four prospects. Let’s review the prospect package that the Marlins received from the Brewers.
Right handed pitcher, Jordan Yamamoto made his MLB debut this year. In 13 starts, he has a record of 4-5, but that isn’t indicative of how he has pitched. His ERA isn’t too bad at a 4.87 in 68.1 innings along with 69 strikeouts. Yamamoto seems to get burned by the long ball and his control. He has given up 11 home runs and has a BB/9 of 4.0, which is higher than you’d like to see. He showed promise in the minor leagues, and at 23 years old he can still grow into being a serviceable starter. Yamamoto is currently on the 10 day IL with a right forearm strain.
Outfielder Lewis Brinson has been nothing but disappointing. Brinson was the headlining prospect in this deal, and he was taken at number 29 overall in the 2012 draft. Brinson has hit a measly .195/.237/.311 during his time in Miami. He is still only 25, but the past couple of years have seen him trend in the wrong direction.
The Marlins went into full rebuild with this deal and really needed a strong showing from the prospects. Unfortunately, Brinson has not lived up to the promise once he has hit the MLB and now is struggling at all levels.
Fellow outfielder Monte Harrison seems to be holding his own as he has made his way through the minors. He has yet to make his major league debut but he might be up in September because he is indeed on the 40 man roster. He has yet to get the call, but it is never ruled out this time of year.
Harrison has a pretty good bat, hitting .273/.357/.450 in his first full year in the Miami farm system and first year in Triple-A. He has a little bit of pop as he has hit 9 home runs in a Triple-A. The speedy outfielder also has stolen 20 bases at his new stop in the minor leagues. At 23 years old, he may turn into one of the better pieces of this prospect package.
Isan Diaz is another young prospect that has yet to show anything in the major leagues. He made his MLB debut this year and in 97 plate appearances he is slashing .157/.268/.253. Diaz was rated as the #5 prospect in the Marlins system, and he showed some of that promise in Triple-A. He hit 26 home runs while slashing .305/.395//578. If he continues to progress and can adjust to the big league pitching, he could end up being the best thing that comes from this crop of players.
Yelich Trade in Conclusion
It’s too early to say the Brewers conned the Marlins in the Yelich trade, but so far it appears they have. It is tough to evaluate a trade until we see the end result of the prospects. This trade seems to be pretty lopsided as the prospects continue to progress to the major leagues, but all of the prospects are still young. The jury is still out on who won the trade, but the Brewers received the reigning NL MVP, and it is hard to believe that anything will match up to that.
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